Our object this week is a Script-Letter Board from 1963. When schools for the blind were founded in the United States in the 19th century, handwriting was a big part of the curriculum. There were numerous handwriting guides being invented and marketed. Most of that started to go away in the 1870s with the invention of the typewriter. But students still needed to be able to sign their name in cursive letters. Designed for student practice in making muscular movements for handwriting, the APH Script-Letter Board was made of rigid black plastic and featured recessed script letters that can be traced with a stylus or pencil. Around 1990 APH redesigned the product, made thicker (1/8") and from a white plastic rather than black PVC. You can still buy the revised model today.
Micheal A. Hudson
American Printing House for the Blind
by Monica Turner As a Field Services Representative, one of my responsibilities is to go to conferences and exhibit APH products. Oftentimes I will display many of the new and exciting products that we have to offer in order to provide consumers an opportunity to see the items firsthand before making the decision to purchase them. While it is wonderful that APH has been producing so many new products over the past several years, I find that I'm not often able to take along as many of the wonderful, older products that we still have available. We give you information about our new products each month as they are released, and we have been thinking that it might be beneficial to also go back and revisit some of the "oldies but goodies." We hope you agree and we welcome any suggestions you may have about products that you would like to see highlighted.
After months of ongoing negotiations between the Transforming Braille Group (of which APH is a member) and Orbit Research (the manufacturer of the Orbit Reader 20), American Printing House has removed the Orbit Reader 20 from its catalog and shopping site. This comes after discussions have stalled regarding the terms of distribution to TBG partners. The global nonprofits that make up the TBG collaborate as a group to purchase Orbit Reader 20s as part of an effort to keep costs low.
“Working with the TBG, APH has negotiated in good faith for many months, balancing the needs of our customers and organization, our interest in driving a low-cost braille market, and our valuable partnerships with TBG members,” says APH President Craig Meador. “Despite our best efforts, we have not found alignment on the issues at hand. APH must now move forward, and focus our energies on our mission to support students with braille literacy and adults in their independence.” The Good News
The Orbit Reader …